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Westin Introduces New Global Partnerships And Well-Being Council Member To Help Travelers 'Eat Well' On The Road »

July 22, 2014 at 6:19AM PDT | Source: Westin Hotels & Resorts

Renowned Dietician Ashley Koff Joins Westin Well-Being Council
More than Half of Travelers Crave Healthy Food Options while traveling and 41% are Afraid of Putting on the Pounds, Inspiring Starwood's Wellness Brand to Partner with SuperChefs and The Juicery
STAMFORD, Conn. - July 22, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Today, Westin Hotels & Resorts unveiled the next stage of its year-long Westin Well-Being Movement with the announcement of two new nutrition-focused partnerships with SuperChefs™ and The Juicery and the newest member of the brand's Well-Being Council, dietician Ashley Koff RD.
As an advocate for wellness and healthy eating, Westin teamed up with SuperChefs, a group of doctors, dentists, dieticians, chefs and other experts dedicated to educating kids on the importance and the fun of eating smart, to create The Westin Eat Well Menu for Kids...

Hyatt Configures Organization For Increased Adaptability And Effectiveness »

July 22, 2014 at 6:03AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

July 21, 2014 // // CHICAGO – Mark Hoplamazian, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H), today announced organizational changes designed to support Hyatt's strategy of driving preference by providing distinctive brand experiences. The changes include the integration of the global operations structure, the formation of an integrated team to lead the Company's select service business and the creation of a new global franchising strategy function.
Chuck Floyd has been selected as Global President of Operations, effective August 1, 2014. In this newly created role, Floyd will continue to lead and develop the Company's Global Operations Center (GOC), Hyatt's shared operation services organization, and will assume responsibility for the operation of Hyatt's hotels globally...

DoubleTree By Hilton Opens New Property In San Francisco's East Bay »

July 22, 2014 at 4:37AM PDT | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

With Convenient Access to Tri-Valley and Bay Area Attractions, Newly-Renovated DoubleTree by Hilton Pleasanton at the Club Offers Small-Town Charms with Big-City Connections
July 21, 2014 // // PLEASANTON, Calif. and MCLEAN, Va – Hilton Worldwide and DoubleTree by Hilton today announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Pleasanton at the Club, following a comprehensive multi-million dollar renovation. The 292-room hotel, formerly a Hilton Hotels & Resorts-branded property, is located in the Tri-Valley area within the East Bay region of greater San Francisco, at the crossroads of highways 580 and 680, and offers easy access to all of Northern California's best attractions, as well as the cities of Oakland and San Francisco...

Starwood Preferred Guest And Westin Hotels Show 'Love' For Members With One-Of-A-Kind 2014 US Open Experiences »

July 21, 2014 at 9:54AM PDT | Source: Westin Hotels & Resorts

SPG Member Experiences Include Private VIP Clinic with Legendary Brothers John and Patrick McEnroe, Match Viewing in the SPG Luxury Suite and More
STAMFORD, Conn. - July 21, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®), the award-winning loyalty program from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), is giving members courtside seats to best of tennis with the launch of its 2014 US Open SPG Moments schedule today. Known for providing its members access like no other for the most exclusive events around the world, SPG is offering elite US Open packages between August 25 and September 8 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Members can bid Starpoints® on once-in-a-lifetime experiences including luxury suite and courtside seats to key matches, behind-the-scenes tours of Arthur Ashe Stadium, and a private tennis clinic with John and Patrick McEnroe...

Whitbread Appoints New Chairman »

July 18, 2014 at 9:11AM PDT | Source: Whitbread

Whitbread PLC Has Today Announced The Appointment Of Richard Baker As Chairman With Effect From 1st September 2014. He Succeeds Anthony Habgood Who, After Nine Successful Years As Chairman, Announced In January His Decision To Step Down From The Board.
July 18, 2014 // // Richard Baker has been an independent non-executive director on the Whitbread Board since September 2009. He is currently Chairman of Virgin Active Group, a role he has held since 2008 and Chairman of DFS Furniture Holdings where he has been since 2010. Richard was previously Chief Executive of (Alliance) Boots Group PLC from 2003 to 2007 and prior to that was Chief Operating Officer at Asda Group PLC.
Sir Ian Cheshire, Whitbread’s Senior Independent Director who led the Nominations Committee process commented:
"We have conducted a thorough search, with the help of executive search consultants, to identify the most suitable person to become the next Chairman of Whitbread...

J.D. Power Once Again Ranks Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Highest In Guest Satisfaction Among Economy/Budget Hotels »

July 17, 2014 at 11:26AM PDT | Source: Microtel Inns & Suites

July 17, 2014 // // PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Once again, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham® - part of Wyndham Hotel Group and parent company Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) - has been ranked highest in guest satisfaction in the economy/budget segment by J.D. Power in the 2014 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study.
Within its segment, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham ranked highest in six out seven factors measured by the study, including: reservations, check-in/check-out, guest rooms, hotel services, hotel facilities and cost and fees. This marks the 12th time in the last 13 years that Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham has been ranked highest in its segment by the study. It was previously ranked highest in its segment for 10 consecutive years between 2002 and 2011, and then again in 2013...

Hyatt And Playa Hotels & Resorts Introduce Hyatt Ziva Cancun »

July 17, 2014 at 9:49AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

CHICAGO - July 17, 2014  - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) and Playa Hotels & Resorts B.V. (Playa) today announced plans to introduce the Hyatt Ziva brand to Cancun. Formerly Dreams Cancun, the resort's multi-million dollar renovation began June 1, and it is expected to reopen in late 2015 as Hyatt Ziva Cancun. The resort will be managed by Playa Resorts Management, the operational component of Playa Hotels & Resorts.
"Since the debut of Hyatt's first two all inclusive resorts late last year, Hyatt Zilara Cancun and Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, we continue to listen to guests in order to redefine the all inclusive experience," said Chris Walker, vice president of brand experience for Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara...

RLHC Announces New Additions To The Lodging Development And Marketing Teams »

July 17, 2014 at 6:22AM PDT | Source: Red Lion Hotels

Red Lion Hotels Corporation Franchise and Lodging Development Team Spans the Country
SPOKANE, Wash. - July 16, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Red Lion Hotels Corporation (NYSE: RLH) announced today the company has recruited new additions to its Lodging Development and Marketing teams to advance its plans to expand coast to coast. The company has hired David Attardi and Angela Rowe in Franchise and Lodging Development and Sarah Frank in Brand Marketing.
"These hires are indicative of the level of talent we are attracting to RLHC as we position the company for expansion," says Brian Quinn, Chief Franchise Officer for Red Lion Hotels Corporation (RLHC). "Each of these individuals bring unique talents and marketing skills that are key to our building relationships with the owners of the right hotels for our brands...

St. Regis Hotels & Resorts Celebrates American Polo From Coast To Coast »

July 17, 2014 at 5:47AM PDT | Source: St. Regis Hotels & Resorts

With Announcement of Inaugural St. Regis Polo Cup in Sonoma Valley
With Nacho Figueras, St. Regis will Support Robin Hood Foundation in New York and Giant Steps in California This Year
NEW YORK - July 17, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. (NYSE:HOT), continues to celebrate its commitment to the international sport of polo with upcoming polo matches in Bridgehampton on the East Coast and Sonoma Valley on the West Coast. In August, Nacho Figueras will captain the St. Regis team in the third annual Piaget Hamptons Polo Cup, once again partnering with the Robin Hood Foundation in a continued effort to support New York families in need. The following month, the inaugural St...

RLHC Opens New Franchise In Renton, Washington »

July 17, 2014 at 5:06AM PDT | Source: Red Lion Hotels

SPOKANE, WASH. - July 2, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Red Lion Hotels Corporation (NYSE:RLH) announced the company has opened a new franchise location in Renton, Wash., after signing an agreement with the owners in June. This is the sixth franchise agreement completed by the company in 2014. The Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center - Seattle/Renton, 1 S. Grady Way, is located at one of the busiest interchanges south of Seattle and Bellevue.
"This is a highly visible intersection on the 405 corridor, providing excellent exposure for our brand," said Mike Castro, Regional Vice President of Lodging Development for Red Lion Hotels Corporation (RLHC). "We know our guests travel this region and these owners are committed to providing our guests with the same level of service they have come to expect...

Starwood Hotels To Expand Portfolio In The Greater Houston Region With A New Westin »

July 17, 2014 at 4:49AM PDT | Source: Westin Hotels & Resorts

In Critically Acclaimed Woodlands Master Planned Community; The Westin, The Woodlands will Inspire Well-Being near Corporate Offices, High-End Shops and Entertainment
STAMFORD, Conn. - JULY 17, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) and The Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE:HHC) today announced that the renowned Westin brand will soon open its fifth hotel in greater Houston. The Westin, The Woodlands will debut at the end of 2015 within The Woodlands, one of the country’s premier master planned communities and a leading business center located 27 miles north of downtown Houston.
The newly constructed Westin will offer 302 luxurious guest rooms, more than 15,000 square feet of meeting and pre-function space, an outdoor pool, WestinWORKOUT® studio, business center and all the brand’s signature amenities in a scenic location overlooking The Woodlands Waterway® in Waterway Square®...

Greg Brown Appointed General Manager Of Hilton Baltimore »

July 17, 2014 at 4:19AM PDT | Source: Hilton Worldwide

Hospitality Veteran to Operate Convention Center Hotel
July 17, 2014 // // BALTIMORE - Greg Brown has been appointed general manager of Hilton Baltimore, effective immediately. The city-owned hotel is located in downtown Baltimore, blocks away from the world-renowned Inner Harbor, and is connected to the Baltimore Convention Center. Brown will direct and oversee the day-to-day operations of the 757-room premier meeting and convention hotel, located just 15 minutes from Baltimore Washington International Airport.
"Greg’s proven leadership and expertise in operations and management, coupled with his commitment to outstanding customer service, will ensure Hilton Baltimore continued success," said Ted Ratcliff, senior vice president, operations, eastern North America, Hilton Worldwide...

Hilton Garden Inn And Homewood Suites By Hilton Awarded Highest Ranking By J.D. Power »

July 16, 2014 at 6:59AM PDT | Source: Hilton Worldwide

Two Hilton Worldwide Brands Awarded Highest Rankings in North America Guest Satisfaction Index
July 16, 2014 // // MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide today announced that two of its brands, Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites by Hilton, received the highest ranking in the 18th annual J.D. Power 2014 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index StudySM in the upscale and upper extended stay segments, respectively. This marks the 11th award for Homewood Suites and the 10th for Hilton Garden Inn since J.D. Power began its hotels study*.
"At Hilton Worldwide, we strive to deliver an outstanding, quality guest experience at each of our more than 4,100 hotels across the globe, and it is a tremendous honor for both Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites by Hilton to achieve the award in each of their categories," said Jim Holthouser, executive vice president, global brands, for Hilton Worldwide...

Hyatt Place Santiago/Vitacura Opens In Chile »

July 16, 2014 at 5:53AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Place

The Opening Marks the First Hyatt Place Hotel in Chile and on the South American Continent
July 16, 2014 // // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and HPV S.A. today announced the opening of Hyatt Place Santiago/Vitacura in the city of Santiago, Chile. The opening marks the second Hyatt-branded hotel in Santiago and introduces the Hyatt Place brand to Chile and the South American continent.
The first Hyatt Place hotel outside the United States debuted in Central America with the 2012 opening of Hyatt Place San Jose/Pinares in Costa Rica. The Hyatt Place brand has since grown its brand presence in Latin America and the Caribbean with locations in Puerto Rico, Mexico and now Chile. Expansion is set to continue in the region later this year with anticipated Hyatt Place hotel openings in Mexico and Panama...

DoubleTree By Hilton Adds Convenient Location In Central Ohio »

July 16, 2014 at 4:30AM PDT | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

New DoubleTree by Hilton Newark, Ohio is Ideally Located for Guests Seeking Proximity to Popular Attractions, Businesses, Universities and Columbus International Airport
July 16, 2014 // // NEWARK, Ohio and MCLEAN, Va. - DoubleTree by Hilton and Hilton Worldwide announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Newark, Ohio, a full-service facility located just off State Route 16, within walking distance of historic downtown Newark and a 35-mile drive from Columbus International Airport. The newly renovated six-floor, 117-room hotel offers convenient access to several major business headquarters and offices, including State Farm and Boeing; educational institutions, including The Ohio State University (Newark Branch) and Denison University; and charming tourist attractions, such as The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology, Buckeye Winery and the historic Village of Granville...

Le Meridien Readies For Return To New Orleans With Reveal Of Hotel Design »

July 15, 2014 at 8:43AM PDT | Source: Le Meridien

Former W Hotel Transitions to the Hotel New Orleans Downtown as Part of Strategic Renovation Plan; Le Méridien New Orleans Slated for Winter 2014 Debut
NEW ORLEANS - July 15, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today unveiled designs for Le Méridien New Orleans, a milestone as the French-born brand prepares to return to the Crescent City by end of year. As part of the strategic conversion plan of the former W New Orleans, the property has now transitioned to the Hotel New Orleans Downtown for the remainder of its $29 million renovation. Managed by Starwood Hotels, the Hotel New Orleans Downtown will remain open and fully operational as well as a member of the Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program until Le Méridien debuts this winter...

Hilton Worldwide To Expand In Canada With Newly Signed DoubleTree By Hilton »

July 15, 2014 at 7:57AM PDT | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

July 15, 2014 // // MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide today announced the signing of a new hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia: The Hollis Halifax – A DoubleTree Suites by Hilton. The 120-room all-suite hotel, formerly a Radisson Suite Hotel, is currently undergoing renovation and is expected to be fully converted by early September.
Earlier this year, Hilton Worldwide celebrated its 100th hotel opening in Canada and has nearly 40 more hotels in the pipeline. DoubleTree by Hilton operates 380 hotels worldwide, with six hotels open in Canada.
"We're thrilled to add another hotel to the thriving Halifax community," said Ian Carter, president, global development, architecture and design, Hilton Worldwide. "Hilton Worldwide is committed to growing our portfolio in Canada and our strong pipeline is representative of the country's prospering travel and tourism sector...

Wyndham Rewards Gives Members Shot At $1,000,000 This Summer »

July 14, 2014 at 7:58AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

Offers Chance to Earn Up to 10x the Wyndham Rewards Points
July 14, 2014 // // PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Wyndham Rewards®, the only hotel loyalty program to offer guaranteed rewards after just one stay, is helping members win big this summer with a chance to receive up to 10 times the points for qualified stays plus a newly launched sweepstakes in which two lucky members could each win up to $1,000,000.
Now through September 15, 2014, members who visit and register for the program’s "Unpack Your Bonus Promotion" will receive the opportunity to virtually "unpack" a suitcase and reveal a bonus that will multiply points earned on future stays by up to 10 times. Bonuses range from two times to 10 times and are good for up to four qualified stays...

Choice Hotels International Expands To Turkey »

July 14, 2014 at 7:54AM PDT | Source: Choice Hotels

Clarion Hotel & Suites Istanbul Sisli Opens
ROCKVILLE, Md. - July 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's largest hotel companies, announced today that it has expanded its international portfolio by welcoming its first ever property in Turkey. Clarion Hotel & Suites Istanbul Sisli, a newly built hotel, is located between the Levent and Taksim business areas and close to the cultural sightseeing spots in Istanbul.
"We are very excited about the opening of the first Choice Hotel in Turkey with the Clarion brand. Turkey is an emerging economy with an extremely attractive hotel market and Istanbul has become a thriving destination for business and leisure travelers. We are pleased to have a presence in one of the most vibrant cities that straddles both Europe and the Middle East," said Mark Pearce, Senior Vice President International Division, Choice Hotels International...

Hyatt Atlanta Perimeter At Villa Christina Grows HVMG Partnership With Hyatt To Three Full Service Hotels »

July 11, 2014 at 6:22AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

ATLANTA - July 10, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Hospitality Ventures Management Group (HVMG) announced that it will operate the new Hyatt Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina, the first new hotel in Atlanta's Perimeter district in more than 25 years and the company's third full-service Hyatt hotel in the last 16 months.
The 177-room Hyatt Atlanta Perimeter is located in Perimeter Summit, an 83-acre, master planned, mixed-use development, combining more than 1.3 million square feet of Class A office with luxury residential and numerous lifestyle amenities at one premier address. The Hyatt was strategically designed and developed to add the convenience and comforts of a four-star hotel to Villa Christina, Atlanta’s premier conference and special event venue...

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